The Guardian Newspaper Readers’ Campaign To Eradicate FGM *In The UK*
In January 2014 the Guardian Newspaper is to launch a campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM). This will include not just reports about what is happening right now, but also asking how FGM can be stopped within a generation, and what we can all do to make this happen. In preparation for this campaign, the Guardian is inviting people in Britain and around the world to advise on how to abolish the practice forever.
We need your views! (Please contribute via the Comments box, below.)
We want to know what you think the Guardian should be asking their print and on-line readership to do, in support of the campaign to eradicate FGM.
Our aim is to confer with as many experts and concerned citizens as possible, to arrive at five recommendations each for UK domestic, and for global, action by Guardian readers…..
** To share your ideas for domestic (UK) actions please COMMENT BELOW (end of / below full post). **
Ideas and Comments on UK action so far are summarised HERE.
Watch this space. We shall take the debate wherever it needs to go……
Averaged out, perhaps two girls and women in Britain face serious risk of FGM every hour of the year. Estimates suggest there are around 24,000 cases of FGM in the UK annually, but the fear is that this number may be increasing.
> Do you have advice or ideas about how this appalling harm, often inflicted on young girls and babies, can be stopped?
> Do you have experience of FGM, personally or as a member of a community in which it occurs?
> Are you a practitioner who encounters the challenges of FGM in the course of your work? Maybe a teacher, clinician, police officer, social worker or youth leader?
Have you found it difficult to confront or deal with FGM as you would wish? Or are you simply a concerned citizen who wants to see FGM eradicated?
Maybe you have ideas for action such as:
- Contact your neighbourhood school to ask them about their safeguarding procedures, or whether the school provides lessons in keeping safe.
- Contact your local Councillors and suggest , if appropriate, that they arrange for information leaflets about FGM and the FGM Helpline to be available in community venues.
- Ask your local MP whether s/he has data on the local incidence of FGM, and to raise the issue in Parliament.
- Write to Micheal Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, to ask him to revisit the Government’s refusal to implement national safeguarding guidelines on FGM.
- Enquire about local medical and well-being provision for women who have experienced FGM.
- Arrange to show one or two documentary films about FGM; or maybe organize a community arts project on the subject?
Would these suggestions be useful? Or do you have other ideas? Whatever, we want to hear from you!
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** To share your thoughts on domestic (UK) actions, please COMMENT BELOW.**
[To suggest actions globally, please post your comments HERE.]
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